Akoustis Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

– Company to Host Investor Update Call Today at 8:00 am Eastern –

Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS) (“Akoustis” or the “Company”), an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of patented bulk acoustic wave (BAW) high-band RF filters for mobile and other wireless applications, will host an investor call to provide a business update and outlook, followed by a Q & A session this morning at 8:00 a.m. EST. The call-in numbers are 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). The conference call will be webcast live on the Company’s website and will be available for playback at the following URL: https://ir.akoustis.com/ir-calendar.

Jeff Shealy, founder and CEO of Akoustis, commented, “The September quarter marked an important moment in our history as a company as we successfully entered production in two high volume commercial markets, namely, WiFi 6 and 5G small cell network infrastructure." Mr. Shealy continued, “Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we achieved all of our strategic milestones for the September quarter. We are actively delivering volume production of our WiFi 6 tandem filter solution, ramping multiple 5G small cell XBAW™ filter solutions and supporting numerous engagements with our groundbreaking BAW-based WiFi 6E coexistence filters. With our growing catalog of commercially available RF filter products and technology aimed at large and growing markets including 5G network infrastructure, high-band WiFi, 5G mobile devices and advanced defense communications equipment, we expect continued top-line growth moving forward.”  

Recent Business Highlights

  • Received first development order from new customer for XBAW™ filters for integration into mobile RF front end solutions
  • Entered production for new tier-1 consumer focused tri-band WiFi 6 product, which is expected to be available for purchase for the holiday season
  • Delivered multiple engineering samples to existing tier-1 enterprise WiFi 6E customer
  • Announced the world’s first 6.5 GHz BAW filter for the emerging WiFi 6E specification that covers the recently allotted ultra-wideband 5.9 to 7.1 GHz unlicensed spectrum
  • Achieved robust sampling of WiFi 6E filters to tier-1 and tier-2 OEMs, ODMs and SoC customers
  • Announced the first order for WiFi 6E 5.5 and 6.5 GHz tandem catalog solution from enterprise-class customer
  • Shipped volume order to tier-1 5G small cell network infrastructure customer with band n77 filter solution
  • Received first order from network infrastructure OEM for XBAW™ 3.6 GHz CBRS filter solution
  • Shipped fourth 5G small cell network infrastructure XBAW™ filter solution with tier-1 OEM with expected production ramp in early calendar 2021
  • Announced third 5G small cell network infrastructure design win with tier-1 OEM customer
  • Announced second 5G small cell network infrastructure customer and design win expected to ramp in early calendar 2021
  • Received DARPA direct to phase 2 (DP2) program to advance design and manufacturing of XBAW™ technology
  • Appointed J. Michael McGuire, former Grant Thornton CEO to the board of directors
  • Continued engagement with 5G mobile partner for evaluation in future mobile RF products
  • Further expanded Company’s product portfolio by adding 15th design-locked RF filter solution to its product catalog
  • Expanded XBAW™ patent portfolio to 33 issued and licensed patents plus 73 patents pending as of October 19, 2020

First Fiscal Quarter Financial Performance

For the 1st quarter ended September 30th, the Company reported revenue of $636,000, which was an increase of 74% as compared to the previous quarter and represented an 118% increase in our core filter product revenue.

On a GAAP basis: Operating loss was ($10.3) million for the September quarter, mainly driven by labor costs of $6.3 million, depreciation of $1.0 million, and other operational costs totaling $3.0 million. As a result, GAAP net loss per share was ($0.31).

On a non-GAAP basis: Operating loss was ($8.3) million, and non-GAAP net loss per share was ($0.23). 

Capex spend for Q1 was $2.3 million compared to $3.4 million in the prior quarter, mostly related to the targeted 500% capacity expansion in the Company’s NY fab. Cash used in operating activities in Q1 was $7.9 million, compared to $4.9 million in the prior quarter. The increase of $3.0 million is primarily due to certain fiscal year-end payments not expected to repeat in the second quarter and increases in spend related to our capacity expansion. The Company exited the September quarter with $37.3 million of cash and cash equivalents, versus $44.4 million at the end of Q4.

Akoustis’ high frequency, high performance XBAW™ process and filters are experiencing growing interest as the Company has entered production in multiple markets in calendar 2020, including 5G network infrastructure, high-band WiFi and phased-array radar applications.

Akoustis has added 15 filters to its product catalog including a 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.5 GHz WiFi-6E filter, a 6.5 GHz WiFi 6E filter, three small cell 5G network infrastructure filters including two Band n77 filters and one Band n79 filter, a 3.8 GHz filter and five S-Band filters for defense phased-array radar applications, a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS 5G infrastructure market and a C-Band filter for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. The Company is also developing several new filters for the sub-7 GHz bands targeting 5G mobile device, network infrastructure, WiFi CPE and defense markets.

Akoustis Technologies, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(In thousands, except per share data)  
  For the   For the  
Three Three
Months Months
Ended Ended
September 30, September 30,
2020 2019
Revenue $ 636   $ 543  
Cost of revenue   1,649     336  
Gross profit   (1,013 )   207  
Operating expenses            
Research and development   6,380     5,079  
General and administrative expenses   2,927     2,801  
Total operating expenses   9,307     7,880  
Loss from operations   (10,320 )   (7,673 )
Other (expense) income            
Interest (expense)   (1,431 )   (994 )
Rental income       55  
Other (expense)   (1 )   (1 )
Change in fair value of contingent real estate liability       (18 )
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities   (198 )   (344 )
Total other (expense) income   (1,630 )   (1,302 )
Net loss $ (11,950 ) $ (8,975 )
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted $ (0.31 ) $ (0.30 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted   38,176,702     30,325,185  

Akoustis Technologies, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(In thousands, except share data)   
    September 30,     June 30,  
    2020     2020  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 37,189     $ 44,308  
Accounts receivable, net     346       351  
Inventory, net     236       136  
Other current assets     1,513       1,408  
Total current assets     39,284       46,203  
Property and equipment, net     23,458       23,605  
Intangibles, net     577       544  
Operating lease right-of-use asset, net     645       699  
Restricted cash     100       100  
Other assets     282       282  
Total Assets   $ 64,346     $ 71,433  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 3,749     $ 5,899  
Deferred revenue     190        
Operating lease liability - current     241       231  
Total current liabilities     4,180       6,130  
Long-term Liabilities:                
Convertible notes payable, net     22,858       21,628  
Operating lease liability - non-current     408       472  
Loans payable     1,598       1,591  
Other long-term liabilities     117       117  
Total long-term liabilities     24,981       23,808  
Total Liabilities     29,161       29,938  
Stockholders’ Equity                
Preferred stock, par value $0.001: 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding              
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 38,582,189 and 37,990,380 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively     39       38  
Additional paid in capital     150,711       145,072  
Accumulated deficit     (115,565 )     (103,615 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity     35,185       41,495  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 64,346     $ 71,433  

Non-GAAP Measures

We regularly review a number of metrics, including Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss, which are not financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). Non-GAAP Operating Loss represents operating loss before common stock issued for services. Non-GAAP Net Loss represents net loss before change in fair value of contingent real estate liability, change in fair value of derivative liabilities, debt discount amortization and common stock issued for services. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management, investors and financial analysts regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. We use these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate financial projections and make strategic decisions.

Non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company's financial statements and are subject to inherent limitations.

Non-GAAP Operating Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss for the three months ending September 30, 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

Akoustis Technologies, Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2020 September 30, 2019
(in thousands)
GAAP operating loss  $                        (10,320)  $                         (7,673)
Common stock issued for services                                2,027                               1,703
Non-GAAP operating loss  $                          (8,293)  $                         (5,970)
  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2020 September 30, 2019
(in thousands)
GAAP net loss  $                        (11,950)  $                         (8,975)
Change in fair value of contingent real estate liability                                       -                                       18
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities                                    198                                  344
Debt discount amortization                                1,032                                  711
Common stock issued for services                                2,027                               1,703
Non-GAAP net loss  $                          (8,693)  $                         (6,199)
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted                      38,176,702                     30,325,185
Non-GAAP net loss per common share - basic and diluted  $                             (0.23)  $                           (0.20)

About Akoustis Technologies, Inc.

Akoustis® (http://www.akoustis.com/) is a high-tech BAW RF filter solutions company that is pioneering next-generation materials science and MEMS wafer manufacturing to address the market requirements for improved RF filters - targeting higher bandwidth, higher operating frequencies and higher output power compared to incumbent polycrystalline BAW technology deployed today. The Company utilizes its proprietary XBAW™ manufacturing process to produce bulk acoustic wave RF filters for mobile and other wireless markets, which facilitate signal acquisition and accelerate band performance between the antenna and digital back end. Superior performance is driven by the significant advances of high-purity, single-crystal and associated piezoelectric materials and the resonator-filter process technology which drives electro-mechanical coupling and translates to wide filter bandwidth. 

Akoustis plans to service the fast growing multi-billion-dollar RF filter market using its integrated device manufacturer (IDM) business model. The Company owns and operates a 120,000 sq. ft. ISO-9001:2015 certified commercial wafer-manufacturing facility located in Canandaigua, NY, which includes a class 100 / class 1000 cleanroom facility - tooled for 150-mm diameter wafers - for the design, development, fabrication and packaging of RF filters, MEMS and other semiconductor devices. Akoustis Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in the Piedmont technology corridor near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Tom Sepenzis
Akoustis Technologies
VP of Corporate Development & IR
(980) 689-4961

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Robert B. Prag, President
(858) 794-9500

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